Earlier this summer my family took a week-long Alaska cruise vacation with Un-Cruise Adventures, an upscale small ship cruise line, throughout the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. We kayaked, hiked, paddle boarded and took small boat excursions to view wildlife, glaciers and waterfalls.
While the level of difficulty varies for each excursion there is one activity that many consider to be a rite of passage of the cruise — the Polar Bear Plunge. Children, parents and grandparents jump into icy cold glacier-fed waters (in Glacier Bay water temperatures average 37-50 degrees) and emerge as champions of the sea.
The Un-Cruise staff is always on-hand for polar bear plunges and has the outside shower ready to go to take some of the chill out. There were several polar bear plunges on our cruise — not all were in water as cold as the Glacier Bay — that my husband and son did on a rainy afternoon. Many passengers, especially the kids, do multiple plunges throughout the cruise.
Alaska with Kids: Polar Bear Plunge in Glacier Bay
Mentally Preparing for the Polar Bear Plunge
The Look of Shock After Feeling the Freezing Water
The Best Shower in Your Life
The Jacuzzi: A Well Deserved Reward After a Polar Bear Plunge